McCann Industries, the Addison, Ill.-based distributorship is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, with seven locations in Illinois and Indiana, representing manufacturers such as Case, Sullair, Takeuchi, Wacker Neuson, Allen Engineering, Husqvarna and Carlson Paving Products.

    The company was founded by Richard McCann as McCann Construction Specialties Co. in 1967 in a garage in Villa Park, Ill., primarily to sell contractor supplies. Now the company is led by Jim McCann, president and CEO.

    Richard McCann funded the original business with a $1,500 loan from his father-in-law. Within a year he expanded to a 3,000-square-foot facility across the street and two years later moved to a facility in Addison. He built the current facility there, and added 20,000 square feet 10 years later. McCann Industries acquired three Case construction equipment dealerships in 1995 to provide a full range of equipment, contractor supplies and services for the construction industry.

     Jim McCann began working with the company as an outside sales representative in 1991 and has assumed more responsibility continually since that time, serving as rental manager, sales manager, and vice president of sales and marketing.

     McCann Industries now represents more than 400 suppliers and manufacturers, and also offers rental equipment, onsite and shop repair, maintenance services and quick parts deliveries for any brand and model.